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The Oddball Pilot Network is up and running! Learn more about this sister site to OddballPilot.com.

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Last month, Aidan recorded a quick video update from Nairobi. Here’s a look at what we have planned for you over the next few months … including an exciting new “sister site” to Oddball Pilot.

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Our look at Island Air Express in Southeast Alaska continues with a quick tour of their Klawock base, and an in-depth walkthrough of a Garrett-powered Cessna Caravan with Chelton avionics.

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There aren’t many operators looking for pilots with turbine and amphib experience, who also have polished instrument skills. Island Air Express in Southeast Alaska is one of them. Last Spring, Aidan met up with Chief Pilot Pat Goodrich in Ketchikan to hear more about what he does and what he looks for in the pilots he hires. If you like floats, turbines, and IFR, this short interview is well worth a listen.

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Taquan Air

When we began researching seaplane operators around the world, we were struck by just how many there are and what great jobs their pilots have. See for yourself: check out our new Seaplane Operators Directory.

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When career flight instructor Evelyn Johnson died last month at the age of 102, she had 57,635.4 hours, more than 3,000 students, and more than 9,000 checkrides recorded in her log book. We wish we could have interviewed Evelyn ourselves. Luckily, her thoughts on such a unique career are recorded in interviews scattered across the web. We’ve collected a bunch of them. If you’re considering flight instructing, or just want to be inspired, we encourage you to listen in.

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When John Gowey was a kid, he watched floatplanes from Kenmore Air fly over his house. Today, he’s the Chief Pilot. If you’ve ever thought about flying floats for a living, don’t miss this interview. You’ll learn about this unique oddball flying path, and how to get started.

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Dave Wywell

Dave Wiewel has pretty much done it all: he flew a DC-3 around the world, worked for many different regional airlines, flew 737s for Continental, and now flies tourists around Denali National Park in a Navajo and a turbine Beaver. Recorded last summer, this interview features some great discussion about a changing industry, the impact of technology in the cockpit, and the pros and cons of flying jets for the majors.

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Aidan takes a break from rock climbing in Oregon to let you know what we have planned for you in May on Oddball Pilot.

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Aidan’s back where he started, flying a Cessna 207 out of Bethel, Alaska. Bethel isn’t for everyone … yet as a busy regional air taxi hub to dozens of bush villages, it’s where many Alaskan flying careers have begun. Get an overview of what it’s like to live and work there, in this latest Dispatch.

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